Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
The New York Timesreports that the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson who has no background in housing, told Armstrong Williams at SiriusXM Radio that poverty is “a state of mind.”
“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview that was released on Wednesday. “You take somebody that has the right mind-set, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.” He added that helping people may not better their lives. “You take somebody with the wrong mind-set, you can give them everything in the world — they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom,” Mr. Carson said.
And Twitter had a field day:
Ben Carson said poverty is a state of mind.
Next month, I’m going to tell my landlord that I paid my rent with positive thinking!
Trump Cabinet pick Ben Carson reiterated his belief Thursday that LGBT Americans don’t deserve “extra rights.” During Carson’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) pressed the Housing and Urban Development nominee about whether he would enforce LGBT protections in the public housing sector.
“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson responded. “Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.” “What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights,’” he added.
Carson’s remarks mirror those from his 2014 CPAC speech: “Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get extra rights,” Carson said at the time. “They don’t get to redefine marriage.”
I have no idea what “extra rights” he’s talking about. Somehow he seems to conflate my right to marry my husband as an “extra right?”
I guess not surprising when you consider, as JoeMyGod reminds us, that this is the same guy who says prison makes people gay, and asking bakers to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding could result in poison in the cake.
Speaking to Fusion, current GOP White House front-runner Dr. Ben Carson says he believes LGBTs can “do anything they want” but he doesn’t believe transgender folks should have the right to “make everyone else uncomfortable.”
Questioned about Houston voters’ rejection of a law banning LGBT discrimination this week, Carson said: “How about we have a transgender bathroom?” “It is not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable,” Carson said of transgender people.
“It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the [LGBT] movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights—extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else.”
“The way this country was designed was live and let live,” Carson said, as he sipped a tall glass of orange juice in Miami’s Moonlite Diner.
“I feel, gay people, they can do anything they want.”
“But you’re against gay marriage,” Ramos pointed out.
Much like the earlier USA Today/Suffolk University poll I posted earlier today, the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Donald Trump virtually tied with Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio tied in 3rd.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert went after the still-lingering crazies who think they will turn back the clock on marriage equality last night.
“Folks, gay marriage is still a controversial issue in this country, despite the fact that it’s not…”
“I think everyone should love whoever they want.
“So, I was miffed when Kentucky County Clerk and forehead magnate Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But I also felt bad for her when that judge sent her to jail and even worse when she was sentenced to send an afternoon with Mike Huckabee. It’s cruel and unusual,” he joked.
With that in mind, Colbert introduced his own line of “all-inclusive wedding cake toppers.”
Carson said Islam is “inconsistent with the values and principles of America” and is incompatible with the Constitution.
Now, some of his fellow GOP nominees are piling on saying his statements were out of line and out of touch.
Sen. Ted Cruz: “You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I think this shows that Dr. Carson is not ready to be commander-in-chief. He said that they didn’t believe somebody of the muslim faith could be loyal to the Constitution. If he understood the world and how dangerous it is he would not say things like this. We have to partner with people in the faith to destroy radical Islam, and most Muslims throughout the world reject what radical islam is trying to do to the world and their faith so this is an example to me that Mr Carson may be a good doctor, but he is not ready to lead a great nation. .
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: “If you can find me a Muslim candidate who is a Republican, who will fight hard to protect religious liberty, who will respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America, who will be committed to destroying ISIS and radical Islam, who will condemn cultures that treat women as second class citizens and who will place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution, then yes, I will be happy to consider voting for him or her,” he said. “If you can’t, I’ll settle for voting for a Christian Governor from Louisiana.”
Donald Trump practically loses his mind calling in to CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo this morning to slap back at Dr. Ben Carson, who yesterday appeared to question the depth or reality of Trump’s religious faith.
On Wednesday, reporters asked Carson what differences there were between the two candidates. From CNN:
“Probably the biggest thing — I’ve realized where my success has come from and I don’t in anyway deny my faith in God,” Carson said.
He explained what he meant by quoting what he said was one of his favorite bible verses.
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life and that’s a very big part of who I am. I don’t get that impression with him,” Carson said of Trump. “Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that.”
“Who is he to question my faith?” Trump asked this morning. “He knows nothing about me. I am a man of faith.”
“I hardly know Ben Carson. I’m a believer, big league in God. I will hit back on that.”
“I don’t think he’s a great religious figure. If you look at his faith, you’re not going to make it very far.”
Trump also addressed Carson’s personal energy as problematic. “He makes Bush look like the energizer bunny. Ben Carson is not going to be your next president.”